An organization interested in the objective outcome from the use of psycho-legal elements in juvenile and criminal forensic evaluations to determine competency and sanity.



In Memoriam: Dr. Floyd Jennings

C4J  is deeply saddened to share that Dr. Floyd L. Jennings passed away April 21. Dr. Jennings received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas in 1972. He was a long-time adjunct faculty member at the UT Medical School–Houston (now UTHSC). He went on to earn his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center. He was a Special Resource Counsel to the Mental Health Division and joined the Harris County Public Defender’s Office in January 2011. Beginning in 2008, he was a consultant to Harris County Court Administration. He was also served as a special advisory consultant for Capacity FOR JUSTICE.  Dr. Jennings is the author of more than 35 publications in mental health and law.

The passing of Dr. Jennings has been felt across the legal and psychology communities, and several tributes to his legacy are currently being planned. We will keep you updated as we receive more information.

Ethical Forensic Practice 2021


June 3 - 4, 2021
9:00 AM - 1:15 PM

Continuing Educational Credit

for multiple disciplines will be provided for this event


Conference will be presented by:

 Mary Alice Conroy, Ph,D, ABPP

Maureen Burrows, M.D., MPH

Brian D. Shannon, J.D.


Mary Alice Conroy, Ph.D. ABPP – Practicing forensic psychology for 37 years; Board Certified in Forensic Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology; past president of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology; currently professor in a clinical psychology doctoral program that emphasizes forensic psychology; have presented workshop on forensic psychology—both regionally and nationally—annually, for the past 20 years; authored or co-authored 2 books and 15 other publications related to forensic psychology in her last 15 years. Director of the SHSU Psychological Serves Center, a clinic that specifically trains students to conduct forensic assessments.

Maureen Burrows, M.D., MPH – Diplomate of American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Forensic Psychiatry; over 18 years of professional practice in forensic psychiatry; consultant to Travis and Williamson County courts; co-authored numerous publications related to forensic psychiatry; presented at professional training events for 12 years; and Austin Monthly Magazine Top Doctor 2015 – 2019.

Brian D. Shannon, J.D. - Attorney and Law Professor, Texas Tech University School of Law; author of numerous publications including Texas Criminal Procedure and the Offender with Mental Illness, 6th ed., 2019; research cited in numerous publications including the Yale Law Journal, Vanderbilt Law Review, and Emory Law Review; awards include Texas Governor’s Trophy by Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities; Commissioner, Texas Judicial Mental Health Commission; and frequent presenter on forensic issues related to mental disorders. 

Upon completion of this event, participants should be able to:

  • Identify best practices in providing expert testimony in forensic cases; 
  • Describe principal elements to include in competency reports; 
  • Identify ethical methods and considerations in conducting competency examinations; 
  • Identify recently enacted and proposed Texas Legislation relevant to forensic practice; 
  • Describe principal elements of good communication between forensic experts, attorneys, and judges; 
  • Identify delusional beliefs as separate from mistakes and overvalued ideas; 
  • Explain how delusions can be a major factor in findings of insanity

Since its inception in 1995, Capacity FOR JUSTICE (C4J) members have been keenly interested in the more objective outcome from the use of psycho-legal elements in juvenile and criminal forensic evaluations used to determine competency and sanity. (“Capacity” is for mental capacity and “ FOR JUSTICE” is looking toward a fair trial and/or appeal.) Members have made important contributions through research projects across the state by examining the quality of court ordered evaluations for juveniles and defendants.

Capacity FOR JUSTICE fulfills projects addressing pre & post-adjudication for respondents and defendants with mental illness, intellectual disabilities, or concurrent mental and substance use disorders. Focusing on taking the guesswork out of opinions, C4J conducts research, training, & compiles a registry of professionals whose credentials are consistent with the Texas Code of Criminal Procedures (TCCP) 46B Incompetency to Stand Trial and TCCP 46C Insanity defense.

New expert qualifications and standardized procedures in TCCP46B and TCCP46C support more consistency and equal protection in mental health expert reports and testimony. Specialized training is a way to become eligible for appointment as an expert witness offering juvenile and criminal forensic testimony in Texas Courts. To assist in providing necessary credit hours for qualified professionals and their support staff, C4J offers courses several times per year on mental health professional reliability and coordination of legal and mental health professional roles in judicial procedures involving mental health issues. View our Upcoming Events, including on-demand webinars, to see what training opportunities are on the horizon. 


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